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TownShoes selects PeopleAnswers to improve employee recruiting process

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — PeopleAnswers and Canada-based Town Shoes, which sells under Town Shoes and The Shoe Company, announced a software licensing agreement for the retailer to use the PeopleAnswers’ human-relations solution in its 124 stores across Canada for pre-employment screening and employee selection.

“As a growing retailer in a very competitive industry, it’s critical to have a standard – and efficient – hiring process across all of our stores to improve the quality of our hires and maintain our unique store brands,” said Yvonne Faulkner, VP sales and operations, Town Shoes.

Town Shoes will use the PeopleAnswers assessment test to prescreen and hire manager and associate job candidates who share many of the same behavioral traits with its current strong performers. With candidates taking the assessment test, Town Shoes expects to see higher employee retention and sales. Hiring managers will also use PeopleAnswers as a guide for interview content and employee development.

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Bottom Dollar sets opening dates for Pittsburgh; Youngstown, Ohio stores

BY CSA STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. — Bottom Dollar Food announced grand opening dates for its first 14 stores in the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets, with its first seven stores opening on Jan. 26. Seven additional stores will open on Feb. 9.

In addition to its new stores in Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, Bottom Dollar Food remains focused on continuing to expand in the greater Philadelphia market, which currently encompasses 24 stores in the state of Pennsylvania and five stores in New Jersey. After the 14 grand openings in January and February, Bottom Dollar Food will operate 43 stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Bottom Dollar Food opened its first store in High Point, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2005.

As previously reported, Bottom Dollar Food’s parent company, Delhaize America, announced it will close underperforming stores and convert several stores into Food Lion stores.

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Charming Shoppes names new leadership in supply chain, strategic sourcing

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BENSALEM, Pa. — Charming Shoppes has announced the following executive leadership announcements.

Bryan Q. Eshelman has been promoted to EVP, chief supply chain officer, effective immediately. Eshelman joined Charming Shoppes in 2010 as SVP operations, with responsibility for technology, logistics, technical design and quality assurance. As chief supply chain officer, he will retain responsibility for the aforementioned functions and assume the additional responsibility for the company’s global direct sourcing operations, including, its buying offices in Hong Kong, China, and India, strategic sourcing across all product categories and brands, vendor compliance, and international trade and customs compliance. In his expanded role, Eshelman is charged with accelerating the expansion and penetration of the company’s vertical model and leveraging its supply chain to its fullest across all brands. Since joining Charming Shoppes, he has led a number of key initiatives relating to Charming Shoppes’ IT systems transformation and multi-faceted supply chain strategies. Eshelman continues to report directly to Anthony M. Romano, president and CEO of Charming Shoppes Inc.

The company also announced that Donna Isralsky has joined Charming Shoppes as SVP strategic sourcing, reporting to Eshelman. Isralsky will be responsible for numerous strategic initiatives, supporting the expansion and penetration of the company’s vertical model, and managing relationships with key suppliers. She has extensive experience in retail sourcing across all product categories, having spent her career as a senior sourcing executive and business leader at Williams-Sonoma, Reebok, and Target/Mervyns.

Commenting on Eshelman’s promotion, Anthony Romano, president and CEO of Charming Shoppes Inc. stated, "I am very pleased to announce Bryan’s well-deserved promotion. During his tenure at Charming Shoppes, he has driven dramatic improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and is working on a number of strategic initiatives that will help us maximize results and drive profitability."

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